AskDefine | Define evoke

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1 call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy" [syn: arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, fire, raise, provoke]
2 call forth; "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple" [syn: provoke, call forth, kick up]
3 deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning); "We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant" [syn: educe, elicit, extract, draw out]
4 evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "stir a disturbance"; "call down the spirits from the mountain" [syn: raise, conjure, conjure up, invoke, stir, call down, arouse, bring up, put forward, call forth]
5 call to mind or evoke [syn: suggest, paint a picture]

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From Latin evocare, "to call out", "to summon", from ex-, "out" and vocare, "to call" (confer English "voice"), via French évoquer.


  1. To cause the manifestation of something (emotion, picture, etc.) in someone's mind or imagination.
    Being here evokes long forgotten memories.
    Seeing this happen equally evokes fear and anger in me.
    The book evokes a detailed and lively picture of what life was like in the 19th century.


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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